The latest special issue of Environmental Policy and Governance features a paper that I wrote on policy-coherence in the EU’s energy efficiency policy. I had prepared this paper originally for a workshop in Cambridge on EU energy policy, organized by Luigi Carafa, and presented it on various occasions in the meantime. In the paper, I argue that the multiple venues available to policy-makers ensure greater coherence between policy measures and policy goals (internal coherence) than would otherwise be the case in a system that relies strongly on positional bargaining.
Yesterday, I finally received a long-awaited parcel with volumes of my book”The EU’s Green Dynamism: Deadlock and Change in Energy and Environmental Policy”, fresh from the press. The book emerged from my dissertation in which I set out to explore the EU’s capacity for effective problem-solving in environmental protection. The project began while I was doing research in Christian Joerges’ and Josef Falke’s interdisciplinary (law and politics) project on “Social Regulation in Transnational Structures” at the now defunct Collaborative Research Centre 597 on the “Transformations of the State”.
‘This book makes a timely and fresh contribution to the study of EU environmental policy. It provides new theoretical and empirical insights on the factors constraining and driving the policy innovation and progress. A highly interesting read for students of EU environmental policy and EU policy-making in general.’
Christoph Knill, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München ‘Often, but not always, the EU is able to forge green policies beyond the preferences of the least ambitious.
Combining the joint-decision trap model with the major theories of European integration, this project examines how the EU can be an environmental pace-maker, when it virtually depends on the agreement of all member states. The project looks into the bargaining dynamics of recent EU legislation at the nexus of energy, climate, and environmental policy. It includes case-studies on the first CO2 emission standards for passenger cars, the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and the energy efficiency directive.
The European Commission has played a major role in European integration. However, its main power resource – the monopoly of initiative – has been increasingly challenged by other institutional actors, who try to and often succeed in shaping the European policy agenda. This collaborative project will bring together an international team of scholars to examine how the European agenda-setting landscape has evolved in the last decade, as the Commission’s agenda-setting power has been put under pressure by intergovernmental crisis management, growing political contestation, and the informalization of legislative bargaining.